Kluber progressing, has been impressed with pitching staff

The two-time Cy Young Award winner continues to make progress

James Rapien
June 25, 2019 - 6:03 pm
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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Corey Kluber will find out later this week if he can begin throwing a baseball.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner is doing everything else these days, including lifting weights and practicing his throwing motion.

“Everything’s gone according to plan so far,” Kluber said. “It’s a lot more fun when you’re able to be apart of the team and contribute and stuff.

“These are the cards I was dealt, so you just try to make the best of the situation and hopefully be in the best position I can be whenever I am ready to come back.”

Kluber is working off the mound and practicing his delivery. He’s still in supreme shape, despite breaking the ulna bone in his right forearm on May 1.

“Kluber has been doing a ton of work with a bigger ball,” manager Terry Francona said last week. “Going through lower-half delivery stuff. He’s actually every day doing 120-150 reps getting into a squat. That can’t be fun. But he wants to be ready the minute he can be ready.”

Kluber will undergo multiple scans on Thursday. If all goes well, doctors could clear him to start throwing.

The 33-year-old has gotten to watch youngsters like Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale and Jefry Rodriguez make the most of their opportunities in the big leagues. The young arms in the organization have kept the Indians afloat with Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco and Kluber all missing significant time. The veteran has enjoyed watching the success of the young arms within the organization.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Kluber said. “That it’s a testament to those guys, the work they did to get to this level. It’s a testament to player development to have the guys in a position where when they’re asked to come up here and pitch they’re not overwhelmed by the situation. They’re going out they’re and contributing in a good way and doing it in a way that’s not a flash in the pan, but repeating it over and over again.”

Kluber is working his tail off trying to get back, but that doesn’t mean the recovery has been easy. His dominant hand was in a cast at the start of the process, which made everyday activities much harder than normal.

“Eating left-handed was a little more challenging that I anticipated,” he said with a laugh. “It’s also surprising how quickly you’re able to adapt to things. It’s tough at first, but your body kind of figures out a way to get over it and do it.”

Kluber has gotten past injuries before and he's handling this one just like the others – one day at a time.